Mobay Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Extension of State of Public Emergency in

The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) has welcomed the Government’s decision to extend the State of Public Emergency (SOE) in St. James.The House of Representatives, on Tuesday (July 23), approved a 90-day extension of SOEs in St. James, Westmoreland, and Hanover until October 28, citing a reduction in murders and shootings in the parishes between April 30 and July 21.Chamber President, Janet Silvera, said the Montego Bay business community welcomes the extension.“We are okay with the extension. We {members of the MBCCI) went to a meeting… last week with a number of stakeholders, which was chaired by the Custos of St. James [Hon. Bishop Conrad Pitkin], where we agreed that we would [support] an extension of up to three months,” she explained.She was speaking at the launch of the Chamber’s Expo 2019 at the S Hotel on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard in Montego Bay on Wednesday (July 24).Ms. Silvera emphasised that it will take a collective effort to reduce crime and violence in St. James and, by extension, Jamaica.Against this background, she urged the public to cooperate with the security forces in their crime-fighting efforts.“The Chambers of Commerce, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), Jamaica Chamber Of Commerce… [and] wider community… all of us need to come together and find solutions to crime,” Ms. Silvera added.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Godfrey Dyer, indicated that the SOE should stay in St. James until “crime is brought down to the tolerable level”.“This is going to take time, probably a year or more. Let us not let go of what we have that can curb it (crime),” he noted.The 18th MBCCI Expo will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from September 20 to 22 under the theme ‘Driving Success through Enterprise’.The event will showcase the stakeholder participants’ goods and services and provide a medium for networking. Story Highlights Chamber President, Janet Silvera, said the Montego Bay business community welcomes the extension. The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) has welcomed the Government’s decision to extend the State of Public Emergency (SOE) in St. James. The House of Representatives, on Tuesday (July 23), approved a 90-day extension of SOEs in St. James, Westmoreland, and Hanover until October 28, citing a reduction in murders and shootings in the parishes between April 30 and July 21. read more

Portland School Gets 343350 from Canadian Charity

Students of Comfort Castle Primary and Junior High School in Portland are the beneficiaries of a $343,350 donation from the Canadian charity, the Tamara Gordon Foundation. Story Highlights The Minister, who made the presentation on behalf of the Foundation, said the generous gesture demonstrates the important role of the diaspora in national development. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, presented the cheque to Principal of the school, Dalmain Moore, at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s Dominica Drive address in New Kingston, on Tuesday (August 27). Students of Comfort Castle Primary and Junior High School in Portland are the beneficiaries of a $343,350 donation from the Canadian charity, the Tamara Gordon Foundation.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, presented the cheque to Principal of the school, Dalmain Moore, at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s Dominica Drive address in New Kingston, on Tuesday (August 27).The Minister, who made the presentation on behalf of the Foundation, said the generous gesture demonstrates the important role of the diaspora in national development.“This significant donation will be very helpful for the programmes you are running at Comfort Castle. It is another example of how our diaspora reaches out to make real change and directly and positively impact the lives of Jamaicans [at home]. It is such a fundamental reason why we appreciate our diaspora so much,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith lauded the Foundation’s Director, Tamara Gordon, who has devoted her life to empowering persons with disabilities, despite having suffered personal tragedy.Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Moore, who expressed his appreciation for the generous donation, said the money has come at an opportune time, as preparations are under way for the new academic year.He said the funds will be used to expand the school’s literacy and numeracy programme in the area, purchase a commercial printer and a desktop computer, among other things.“The fact is the community is economically challenged. Our intention is to see how best we can educate the population, because by educating the people we are giving the people the power. We are changing a community and the nation as well,” he said.Ms. Gordon, who is of Jamaican parentage and was born in Canada, became a paraplegic following a serious motor-vehicle accident.Established in 2013, the Tamara Grant Foundation is a community based charity which seeks to provide support to persons with physical disabilities in the greater Toronto area by empowering and improving their lives by facilitating equal opportunities for persons of this community, through education.The charity provides financial, social and other practical resources necessary for physically challenged persons to be self-supporting and to function as contributing members of society.The Foundation primarily provides scholarships for disabled students to assist with financing their tertiary education. read more

BOJ Governor Says a Great Foundation Has Been Laid on Which to

He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly briefing at the BOJ, in downtown Kingston on Thursday (August 29). “I am proud of the hard work that we have done across political administrations to move the economy forward. I am inspired to take the baton from [my predecessor] Governor [Brian] Wynter and play my part in the process,” Mr. Byles said. Newly appointed Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Richard Byles, says a “great foundation” for enhanced economic growth has been laid on which to build.“I am proud of the hard work that we have done across political administrations to move the economy forward. I am inspired to take the baton from [my predecessor] Governor [Brian] Wynter and play my part in the process,” Mr. Byles said.He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly briefing at the BOJ, in downtown Kingston on Thursday (August 29).The briefing was the first since he took up his appointment on August 19.Mr. Byles said he has started this journey at a time when Jamaica’s economy is in the best state it has been for some time.He acknowledged, however, that it is also at a time when the global economy faces “clouds of uncertainty”.Mr. Byles said, however, that he has embarked on his new appointment with confidence, “because I am a Jamaican who believes in the potential of Jamaica and the economy”.Meanwhile, the Governor welcomed Thursday’s media briefing being among the first tasks of his initial nine days in office.“Communication is as critical to monetary policy as journalism is to a sound democracy. We all want an informed and educated public on economic matters. This is, therefore, one of the most important parts of my job, and I am glad to get started so early,” he said.Mr. Byles also thanked the Central Bank’s staff “for all the work they have done to bring me up to speed on the critical workings of the complex machinery called the Bank of Jamaica”. Newly appointed Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Richard Byles, says a “great foundation” for enhanced economic growth has been laid on which to build. Story Highlights read more